As the best golfers in the world made their way to Augusta and the Masters last week, a former master was all by himself, so to speak, in Vancouver. Tony Jacklin, the compact Englishman who led the U.S. Open from wire to wire in 1970, was on top of a building in the Canadian city driving golf balls into Burrard Inlet as part of the ceremonies celebrating the opening of Vancouver's 495-foot Harbour Centre Tower. Jacklin hasn't done particularly well on the tour since winning the Open. Last year, in 15 U.S. tournaments, his earnings were only $10,000. However, his off-course income from testimonials and other such has been so substantial that Jacklin upped stakes and moved from England to the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel in order to avoid Britain's stringent income tax.
Although homesick for England, the golfer has few regrets. "I'm not the only one," he said last week, pointing out that Britain's income-tax bite is 85% in his bracket, compared to a 25% maximum in Jersey. "There is no way you can live with that kind of tax load. Practically everyone in England who is in a high tax bracket...has either gone, is going or wishes he could go."
In Vancouver, Jacklin blasted his 12th and final drive off the tower an impressive 389 yards. Nonetheless, he rued his lonesome lot. "On the whole," he said, paraphrasing W.C. Fields, "I'd rather be in Augusta."
There are pro football fans who get headaches and wish the strange noises would stop when they read that their favorite team has been involved in a trade that brought them star running back Full Thrust Follansbee from the Lower Mississippi Floodtides in exchange for a couple of second-string offensive linemen, the team's No. 1 draft choice in 1977 and three high 1978 draft picks that had been obtained previously in a deal with the Bismarck Herrings.
In the interest of bringing a bit of clarity to the often occult practice of trading draft choices, the following passage from the Chicago Tribune, which appeared last week just before this year's draft of college players, is reprinted as a public service:
"The Bears needed a press conference to explain how they got an extra fourth-rounder. Briefly, it came from the Jets with Mike Adamle for Carl Garrett. But that's oversimplification. It's from Detroit through Miami in a deal that might confuse even George Allen. The Bears owed Miami a fifth-round for Bo Rather. But they gave up their fifth last year to Baltimore for Noah Jackson. So they wanted Miami to postpone it until 1977. The Dolphins agreed, but only if the Bears would trade fourth-round positions with them. So the Bears traded their Jets' fourth-round spot for Miami's fourth-round spot which the Dolphins owned from Detroit. But don't ask how."
HOW GEORGE DOES IT
The George Allen the Tribune referred to is, of course, the wheeler-dealer coach of the Washington Redskins. Washington fans, although familiar with Allen's practice of trading the future for the present, wonder sometimes where all the draft choices went. This year, for example, the Redskins had no picks at all in the opening four rounds, and by the time they made their first selection (Guard Mike Hughes of Baylor) the other 27 NFL teams had already taken 147 players, an average of more than five apiece. Here is how the Redskin's top draft picks were horse-traded: